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Here you will find useful tips for preserving your life story and for building your memoir. We also enjoy spotlighting the good stories that we believe are worthy of preservation.

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Tips On Preserving Your Family History

Written by: Terry Kelly and Tara Dolgner Recording Family History As children, some of us may remember our grandparents telling us stories of their childhoods, while some of us might have been fixated on the shiny object peeking out from under...

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100-Year-Old Man Shares His Top 10 Life Lessons

With no college eduation, Mr. Andy Anderson worked hard to climb the corporate ladder...eventually becoming the top manager of the Safeway dairy department and spearheading business decisions that would affect the entire country. He was even married for 67 years...

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5th Graders Give Up Their Recess To Help A Deaf Classmate Feel Welcome

When you were in elementary school, there was typically one class we always looked forward to: recess. The chance to get out of the classroom and run around on the playground was the perfect break in an otherwise mundane school...

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Collect The Stories Of Your Female Ancestors

Written by: Shannon Combs-Bennett I may not have been brought up in a traditional family setting. In fact, my dad was a house husband before being a house husband was cool. The large age difference between my parents meant my mom...

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Two Sisters Drive Cross Country To Find Bone Marrow Donors For Thousands Of People

Did you know? This story was also featured on the Make A Difference Spotlight podcast, episode #028! Many of us have dreams of a taking a roadtrip across the country, traveling through America's big cities, and stopping at those mom...

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Appreciative College Student Pays Off Mortgage For His Grandparents

Did you know this story was also features on the Make A Difference Spotlight podcast? Just look for episode # 055! They provided food, shelter, support, and so much more throughout your entire childhood. Now you are a grown adult...

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I Hate You Dad, But I Love What You Taught Me

The author of this article chose to remain anonymous I get it. "Hate" is a strong wrong. Hate is something that can destroy your inner peace and can lead to a path of negativity that may last a lifetime. The...

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5 (More) People Who Made History, And You Don't Even Know Them

As is often the case, the stories that once made headlines are eventually forgotten in the winds of time. The people who proved what it means to live a selfless life become nothing more than another face in a family...

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Keep One New Year's Resolution Today - Write Now!

Written by: Devon Noel Lee So, how are those New Year's Resolutions coming along? It's mid way through January. Have you forgotten them? Are you working on them? Have you thought about a resolution that relates to recording your memories in...

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3 Holiday Disasters That Make the Best Stories

Written by: Paige A. Mitchell From burnt turkeys to minor injuries, our Hallmark holidays are often imperfect. Some of us have a hard time accepting that, but we, fortunately, have the optimistic believers who err toward the bright side things....

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There Are No Rules for Sharing Your Stories

Written by: Val Brennan Is there anyone who has lived into middle age or beyond, who hasn't at least had the passing thought that "there is something in my story worth preserving?" Most people find reasons to push the thought aside...

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Through The Eyes of A Child

Written by: Amber Fisher Have you wondered what was going through their minds or did you ask them what they were doing, thinking or playing and it brought a smile to your face because maybe for a moment, you remembered...

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Now And Then – A Brief Look At How Far We Have Come In 100 Years

History is so easily forgotten. Many of us have a hard time remembering what we did just 12 hours ago, let alone several years or even decades ago. While we usually have no problem recollecting the bigger milestone's in America's...

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5 Simple Tips For Creating Your Own Last Will And Testament

Written by: Joe Fiduccia Everyone knows there are two guarantees in life: death and taxes. Neither one we have much control over, but we usually do our best to prepare for what's ahead. And part of that preparation involves finalizing...

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Is The Risk Worth The Stress?

Written by: Joe Fiduccia Growing up my mom would always tell me: "enjoy these years. They are the most stress-free years of your life." But with the constant barrage of bullies, tests, and class topics I never fully understood, school...

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